Pecan Snowballs


Usually, I don’t mind being the passenger in another person’s car.

Most people I know have a complex where they have to drive wherever we go, but I’m assuming it’s probably because they think I’m a crap-ass driver and want to be in control of their own demise. Just a theory.

Anywhoooo, the thing I really LOATHE about being the passenger in someone else’s car? THE MUSIC.

Because inevitably, they’ll pull the “I’m driving and therefore am incapacitated to listening to any good music” shtick and I’m left playing DJ. You DO NOT want me playing DJ unless you want the broken record special because I’m really good at that.

Case in point: I still listen to the same junk I loved in high school (and junk it most certainly is). I literally hate looking for new music and hate listening to new music, which makes me very ignorant to anything outside of my normal, junk-listening bubble.

Also, a couple days ago, I was listening to my “Christmas Playlist” on my iPod while baking. There are 7 songs on this playlist, FYI, and I played that playlist a good 25+ times throughout a four-hour or so period. There were times where I felt like changing the music, like perhaps I’d listened to “Blue Christmas” more than most listen to it in their lifetime, but I got too lazy and decided I’d listen to it another eighteen times before I’d stop for an hour break, then take the playlist to my car and listen to it during my commute to the store.

So yeah. Unless you want to listen to literally THE. SAME. songs over and over and over until your ears bleed and you can recite the entire N*Sync Christmas album against your will and better judgment, then please, don’t make me the DJ and prepare a proper playlist ahead of time. You don’t want to know what my poor musical tastes can lead us to.

However, please make the good decision to make these Pecan Snowballs. They’re fantastical and will rock your world.

DSC_0026Snowball cookies are my favorite Christmas cookies. I just cannot get enough of their sweet, nutty pecan flavor in every tender bite. And I’m a powdered sugar fiend, so pretty much this is my ideal cookie. Make them now!!

DSC_0023Pecan Snowballs *from this recipe at High Heels and Grills

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Pecan Snowballs
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
Pecan snowballs are my FAVORITE holiday cookie and a top contender for my favorite cookie of all time. These snowballs are such a cinch to make so you can spend more time eating and less time snowballin'.
  • 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ground pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets or line with silicone liners. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add the vanilla and mix well. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, gently whisk together the ground pecans and flour.
  3. Gradually incorporate the pecan/flour mixture into the butter mixture. The dough will be crumbly; that's okay. Scrape along the sides of the bowl as needed until everything comes together.
  4. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls and place about 1" apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for approx 10-13 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake-time to ensure even baking, or until the cookies are lightly golden.
  5. Allow the snowballs to cool almost completely (only slightly warm to the touch) before rolling in powdered sugar. Allow the cookies to finish cooling completely before rolling a second time in powdered sugar. Store the cookies airtight, at room temperature, for several days. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.


DSC_0029Every bite of these cookies is purely heavenly. The salty, ground pecans add such a nice, buttery texture to these tender, rotund cookies. These cookies have no eggs or leavening in them, so they stay nice and puffy and round while they bake, perfectly reminiscent of actual snowballs. Biting into them makes me so happy!! 🙂

Happy Baking!

xo, Hayley

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  1. My mom makes these every year (I haven’t yet taken the recipe)!!! I sure hope she makes them this year cause this has me craving them now. Thanks Hayley!!!

  2. Back for Seconds says:

    Haha! I love these too, Hayley. I make them every year to help balance out all the rich chocolate treats…they are a nice change of pace (unlike your playlist *ahem*)

  3. Yum! These are my favorite Christmas cookie!!

  4. i got very excited to see these on FB last night Hayley. They are one of my very favorite Christmas treats and remind me of my grandmother. She always made them for us when she visited. 🙂

  5. Ooooh these look like SUCH a perfect Christmas cookie! And I adore that they have pecans <3

  6. One of my favorite cookies! Just looking at your beautiful photos is making my mouth water:)

  7. You may be bad with your music choices but you’re certainly not with desserts.

    I love how festive these are and that salty kick is just what I’m looking for. They look yumorific!

  8. I LOVE snowball cookies–especially with pecans. These just say Christmas to me. 🙂 And I don’t see a thing wrong with having a short playlist – you should see what’s on my iPod, lol.

    • Hahahaha I know! My iPod MAYBE has 100 songs, but I only regularly listen to seriously about 5 of them. I haven’t listened to another song (except the background music at work) for over a week–just the same 8 Christmas songs over and over lol.

  9. We can ride together all day long. I like listening to songs over and over and over. I get obsessed. 🙂

  10. I’d love for you to be the car DJ any day, as I looooove N Sync’s Christmas album + just forced my husband to listen to it (for the first time!) a few days ago. so glorious! And these pecan snowballs? equally as pleasing as N Sync Christmas tunes. =)

  11. We make a very similar cookie in my family, but we call them butterballs and use walnuts! These look so good!

  12. These are my favorite kind of cookie too! Also, people hate me when I am in charge of the music. It is literally the same five songs on repeat.

  13. YUMMY!

    • Yay! My comment actually posted for the first time in 2 weeks. What I actually wanted to say was pecan snowballs are my favorite cookie of all time. I would much rather stuff these in my mouth then be in charge of the music at any party. Hello, the five same songs on repeat.

      • Haha yes! We’d be good friends in real life, methinks 🙂 and I’m sorry your comments have been acting poopy! I’ve been moderating them from Spam–wtf!? Anyways, thanks for being so loyal in your commenting!

  14. Yum-o! Love these kind of cookies, lotsa butta’ 🙂 Have a great day!

  15. Love all your receipes and try and share them on FB, Merry Christmas!

  16. You had me at NSYNC!
    I just made these with a 4 year old. We added a little more butter to get them to stick together.

  17. Do they freeze well?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Darby! I would maybe freeze them uncoated in the powdered sugar, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t!


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